News Item – Hamilton doctors see ‘reality up close,’ making house calls to the disadvantaged

It’s 9 a.m. in Hamilton’s lower city, and Dr. Christian Kraeker starts his day with a medical bag in his trunk and a car stereo full of tunes.

Kraeker and Tim O’Shea, another McMaster University doctor, have started HamSmart (Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team), a program where they visit the elderly, the immobile, the addicted, the homeless and others who have fallen through the cracks of the health-care system.

They spend the day visiting people wherever they are, whether at a shelter, a coffee shop or darkened apartments in Hamilton’s lower city. In essence, they are Hamilton’s street doctors.

Full article at: CBC News